Any good psychologist will tell you that one of the deepest needs of a human being is the need to belong. We are happiest when we feel connected to others-when we are part of a community. Top performers in business make it a priority to build relationships with their teammates and their customers. Connecting with the people who surround them is not seen as a waste of time to the best, it is an exquisitely wise use of their time.
As a leadership development expert, I work with our corporate clients to build cultures where people and relationships come first. This promotes communication, collaboration and strong results. When people feel appreciated, they shine.
Here are some deceptively simple ideas for building your human connections that have helped employees of the companies who engage us get to a whole new level of performance:
#1. Be the most positive person you know
#2. Be candid. Speak truthfully.
#3. Be on time.
#4. Say please and thank you
#5. Underpromise and Overdeliver
#6. Leave people better than you found them
#7. Be Nice.
#8. Be a world-class listener
#9. Become wildly interested in other people